Stuff Foreigners Do

Foreigners in Thailand often behave strangely. Here are some of the things we do: We walk through streets barefoot even though we can afford shoes. We are fond of large tattoos on our arms and legs. Our hair is sometimes uncombed and for some, matted, even though we are not beggars or crazy. We wear […]

Stalking Monks

I sat in the courtyard on the metal bench stalking more monks. They were so interesting to talk to and some were inclined to chat to visitors. One monk, Ngawang, wandered over. I asked him about life in the monastery. “We are like family,” he told me, “Little brothers and big brothers looking after them.” “So you are happy […]

Cajoling, Carrying and Pulling him up Annapurna

Today we finished the Annapurna Base Camp trek. It took us eleven days there and back, with ten of the days involving much cajoling, carrying, pushing and pulling Aaron up mountainsides and through valleys to Annapurna Base Camp. And the only reason it wasn’t eleven days of cajoling was because day ten we hired a porter […]